Anthony Ragano Sr.

June 24, 1940January 1, 2019

Proud father, loyal friend, and loving companion, Anthony “Tony” Ragano Sr., 78, died January 1, 2019 in Tampa. Tony is survived by the love of his life Arlene Busciglio, son Anthony “Troy” Ragano Jr. (Alexis Vars), brother Joe Ragano (Lily) and a family of extended loved ones including Shawn (Lisa) Hooker, grandson Julian Hooker, and John David Hooker. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph Ragano and Mary Italiano. Owner and operator of Southern Tire Company since 1961, he was a long-time staple of the South Tampa community. Some of the many things that brought a smile to Tony’s face were his weekly Wednesday lunches with his brother and old friends, his golf group, and spending time with his dog Bubba. He loved baseball, the Rays, and most especially going to watch his grandson Julian play. Tony was loved by many and will be missed by all. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” ~Thomas Campbell The family asks that in lieu of flowers to celebrate Tony’s life a donation be made in his name to the FOOT Foundation or Humane Society of Tampa Bay.


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Lori Nasco

January 28, 2019

Dear Arlene and Family, My sympathy goes out to all of you. Tony was a good man with a big heart. Acted tuff but always had a big heart. My love and prayers for Tony and everyone.
God Bless,
Lori Nasco

Jon Shebel

January 13, 2019

I can't imagine a world without Tony Ragano!!!! None of us ever had a better friend............he was "always there for everyone"!!!! Although Tony and I always lived miles apart after we graduated from Plant, whenever we were together it was like we had just seen each other yesterday and that we had never been apart. No doubt as soon as Tony got to Heaven he started "getting everyone organized" the same as he did with all of us throughout his life. I sat beside Tony at our Plant Christmas lunch just a month ago and we made plans for him to come up to our mountain home for a week this summer to play golf.......Susan and I will very much miss Tony especially this summer and then forever. Golf has a special meaning in the relationship between Tony and Susan.............the first time they met was at a Plant reunion many years ago and Tony gave her a Big Bertha golf club he had won as a door prize when he learned she had just started playing golf. Susan whispered to me that "I can't take that"!! and I responded that "Tony is a 'giver' and he will be offended if you don't take his gift to you"!!!Tony always "gave to everyone" and he never asked for anything in return except friendship"!!! RIP will be sorely missed by multitudes!!!!!!

Jan Nevins

January 13, 2019

Tony,Kind, hard working, honorable man. I also relied on his wisdom during troubling times. He could always make me laugh and smile. A true, honest , gentleman. One of a kind. My sincere condolences to all.

Jim Sale

January 9, 2019

Tony and I grew up together in high school and played baseball on the Plant High Team. He gave his all in sports and business. He was a true friend and a great human being all around. I will truly miss my long time friend. My sincere condolences to the entire Ragano family.

Dawn Coffman

January 9, 2019

It is with a very heavy heart that we say good bye to Tony. He was very good to our family. He was very kind and always thoughtful. He was actually my life line over the past couple of years during my husband's very long illness. He visited almost every day and always offered to sit and give me a break or bring something I might need. He was a truly compassionate soul and will be be missed very much by many. I will never forget the kindness that he showed during one of my lowest moments of uncertainty. He was truly an angel on Earth, and now he's an angel in heaven. My deepest condolences to his family, for he is definitely gone far too soon.
Dawn Coffman

Norma Fernandez

January 8, 2019

Having neighbors like Tony and Arlene Ragano has been a blessing. Now God has taken Tony from our Lives. Through Arlene's eyes Tony will stay in our hearts forever. My deepest condolences to Arlene and the rest of his family.
-Norma Fernandez

Bil Gunn

January 8, 2019

Have known Tony for 50 years. He was what you call "my tire guy".
I left Tampa many years ago, but returned often and re- connected with Tony. He was always a true conservative and I enjoyed sharing political thoughts with him.
He was a good business owner, good friend, and a strong political conservative.
I will miss our conversations.
God will be missed by many.

Ron Barksdale

January 8, 2019

I met Tony through my brother, Jerry, many years ago. Really got to know him at Palios's Restaurant, while going there, when it was open. After they closed, a group (with Tony choosing it) started getting together at various restaurants, and settled on Pan Rustica, as of late.

Tony was always a joy to listen to and said what he felt. I really enjoyed listening and talking to him, his wit was always there. We would spend a couple of hours talking sports to politics, and anywhere in between every Wednesday and I always looked forward to it.

RIP ........Tony, I will miss you and I know many others will also.


Bob Erwin

January 7, 2019

Tony and I went to school together from Mitchell Elementry thru Plant High School. Riding bicycles, playing Electric Football, playground baseball on different teams to our first cars all added up to many good times together. He is missed. Rest easy, my friend.


January 5, 2019

I first met Tony when I was about 10 or 11 years old.. We played on and against each other on several youth league baseball teams. We also played football for Plant High School one year, Tony was a senior and I was a sophomore. Tony was an exceptional athlete, and also an exceptional person. We had a lot of fun together as we were growing up. Tony was also an exceptional business person for many years. He will be missed by many friends and the community where he resided.
RIP my friend.
Dave Frix